New recycling scheme to start rollout

The current system is going to be replaced

The current system is going to be replaced

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Households in Brechin and Edzell will be preparing for a new waste collection service in September/October of this year.

Angus Council has made changes to the waste collection service in a bid to make it easier for residents to recycle more materials at home, and they are set to roll out it across the county in March.

The decision to make changes to the current system followed a trial period, where 5,000 homes used the new system from September 2012, to March 2013.

Now, 53,000 homes will adapt the system, with the council rolling out services in three phases.

Brechin, Edzell and the surrounding areas will be part of phase three, along with Montrose, with services provisionally planned to be rolled out in September/October 2014.

The first phase of the project, covering areas between Arbroath and Monifieth, will start from March onwards. Phase two will cover Forfar, Kirriemuir and surrounding areas are provisionally planned to be rolled out September/October 2014.

The new service will be a significant boost to the county’s recycling rate with the council expecting to collect around 10,000 more tonnes of recycled materials a year once the service if fully rolled out.

The new household kerbside recycling collection service comprises of:

A new smaller purple bin for general waste, collected fortnightly; the current grey bin becoming the new recycling bin for cardboard, paper, cans, plastics and glass, collected fortnightly; new indoor and outdoor caddies for food waste, collected weekly; a garden waste bin which continues to be collected fortnightly.

The council’s convener of communities, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the trial which also allowed us to gauge the feedback on the service. The amount of materials being recycled was really encouraging as it prevents more going to landfill, meaning we not only save money on landfill taxes, but we also protect the environment.”